Shopping Detective: Processed Meats Part II: Sausages


My name is Masha, I am a mathematician by education and a nutritionist with gourmet inclinations by vocation. I believe in traditional nourishment and strive to feed my family simple, delicious but optimally nourishing meals. I am documenting my journey through rediscovering traditional food backed up with scientific evidence.

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  1. JoanK says:

    Any input on Cervelats? Hate them myself but my kids love them. And cervelats are a dog training miracle. But I’d be interested to know how bad they are.

    • Masha says:

      Joan, here are the ingredients for naturafarm cervelas from coop: Pork 31 % , ice, beef 20 % , bacon , rinds , nitrite curing salt (table salt , preservatives [ E 250 ] ), potato starch, spices, flavors , yeast extract , spice extract, rapeseed oil, salt iodized. Sausage casing : bovine intestine. As you can see these contain yeast extract – which is equivalent to MSG; potato starch which has glycemic index of 95, but no other preservatives aside from nitrite. Other brands (Bell) don’t have MSG and starch, but have more preservatives and dextrose – its really up to you what you want to avoid. Bell Cervelas: Pork 46 % , bacon , ice , rinds , nitrite curing salt (table salt , preservatives [E 250] ) , acidifiers (E 262) , stabilizer (E450), dextrose , antioxidant (E300), seasoning, spices,iodized table salt, spice extracts . Case not suitable for consumption. I didnt cover E450 – its “Sodium and Potassium PolyPhosphate salts – High levels can upset the mineral balance” – but of course you would have to eat cervelas nonstop to get to the higher level. I would look for as close to organic as possible and with minimum of ingredients as for all other products.

  2. Kelsey says:

    Very interesting! Thank you. I look forward to reading more!

  1. July 9, 2015

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